scurvy

Part of speech: adjective

Mean; low; base.

Part of speech: noun

A disease characterized by livid spots under the skin, and by great prostration.

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Usage examples "scurvy":

  1. Soldiers in war, or sailors upon long voyages, who are fed upon a diet consisting chiefly of salted or preserved meat, with bread or hard biscuit and sugar, but without either fruits or fresh vegetables, are likely to develop a disease called scurvy. - "A Handbook of Health", Woods Hutchinson.
  2. For imagine what the effect would be if, in addition to the other measures indicated, we got rid of all the enactments affecting labour, and again allowed the employment of climbing boys as chimney- sweeps, of women and small children in mines, of men and women in white- lead works without precaution of any kind, of sailors in the merchant service without the protection of lime- juice against scurvy and of survey against sinking; picture what the population of our manufacturing districts would by this time have become without the protection afforded by the Factory Acts; remember what an improvement has been made in the way of guarding dangerous machinery, owing to the penalties inflicted upon careless owners by the Employers' Liability Act; and then answer whether State- interference is necessarily a bad thing. - "Practical Politics; or, the Liberalism of To-day", Alfred Farthing Robbins.
  3. S'pose we get scurvy and can't work; we'd freeze to death in a fortnight. - "The Magnetic North", Elizabeth Robins (C. E. Raimond).